The Warriors

A prominent New York City gang leader named Cyrus (Roger Hill) wants to wage an all-out battle against the police, and as part of his strategy he calls upon Gotham’s gangs to set aside their turf wars and come together at a summit. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus’ death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors’ trail.

This is loosely based on “Anabasis” by Xenophon. The plot is simple, nine members of “The Warriors” gang are trying to get back home safe from within enemy territory. They are following a New York Subway map and with each stop they encounter a different gang and engage in battle. There is no character development but I liked this movie. It had “A Clockwork Orange” feel to it.

If you can remember 1979 and when the band “Kiss” was really huge you may enjoy this one. The hairstyles, clothes and dialogue will take you back. I loved the battle music and the different gangs they encountered. My favorite gang had to be the “The Baseball Furies.”

This movie is violent but it had a cartoonish feel to it. This was validated when I saw the extras and the director even said this wasn’t supposed to be taken too seriously. This film was apparently controversial at the time.

There is one serious thing I take from this. I am a person who “observes and reports” and it has always irritated me when one person has to ruin everything for everyone. There is always one bad person in every crowd. This is demonstrated very early in the movie.

I am giving this one 3.4 stars. It is a quick ride which never stops.

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All the best,

Alan Zibluk
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